B-Movie Love from Iran: An Interview with Farzad Motamen

By Ali Moosavi. Motamen has dabbled in many genres: noir, comedy, social-drama, romance, thriller. And even Dostoevsky.” Farzad Motamen is one of several Iranian directors who are well-known and respected in their homeland but remain largely unknown outside of Iran. Motamen is a self-confessed American B-Movie lover and fan of […]

The Brutality of Revenge: Robert Eggers The Northman

By Elias Savada. If you’re not having your senses bludgeoned by The Northman, you’ll admire all the historical detail and period madness. Fire and brimstone meet rot and decay, yet there’s ambition afoot here.” The dark intensity that has imbued director-writer Robert Eggers first two directorial features has matured with […]

Out-Cageing Himself: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

By Elias Savada. Two-thirds broad comedy, one part chase film, it’s also a gimmick and an enjoyable bromance. Yeah, this is one nutty film. Its premise revolves around a famous actor named Nick Cage, played by the real Nicolas Cage. Two-thirds broad comedy, one part chase film, it’s not the […]

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Jackass Forever

By James Slaymaker. How does an individual cope with growing old when they have become known to the world as an eternal child? This is the question that dominates Jerry Lewis’s late features, and it just as accurately describes the paradoxical combination of juvenile exhilaration and world-weary fatigue at the […]

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Invites 50 Filmmakers from Around the World to Join Him in the Jungle

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s filmmaking lab to take place June 18-28, 2022 in the Amazon Apichatpong Weerasethakul invites filmmakers from around the world to apply to Playlab Films’ to participate in the “Apichatpong Weerasethakul Lab: Filming in the Amazon” workshop, which will take place June 18-28, 2022 in the Amazon. There are only two weeks left until the […]

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – Missed Opportunities

By Elias Savada. Doesn’t rise to the heights it could. It’s a case of middle child syndrome, or someone’s just tired.” Even a lesser rate Harry Potter spin-off such as Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — the latest in J.K. Rowling’s post-Harry Potter series — should be enough for […]

Blacula’s 50th Anniversary: The Original Black Cinematic Vampire

By Melanie A. Marotta. The difference between Prince Mamualde and Blacula is indicated by Blacula’s bushy eyebrows, fangs, and pork chop sideburns. The costuming of Prince Mamualde—in a suit and cape—however is befitting a prince. It is this prince and his anti-racist message that should be honored on Blacula’s 50th […]